The book of Joel comes to a close with hope. Hope for a day when all things will be restored, when things will be made new. It is that same hope that we now look forward to in the return of Jesus.

For Israel, in the face of destruction at the hands of locusts and their enemies all hope seems lost. Yet we read these words in Chapter 2,

“Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”

This final chapter shows us how our gracious, compassionate and loving God cares for his people. For God’s people, Joel paints a picture of restoration and reconciliation. The relationship with God that was broken and unsustainable for God’s people is renewed.

For us today, reconciliation and a renewed relationship with God come only through the death and resurrection of Jesus. That is the great message of hope we have. Through this message we have hope, like Joel did for the nation of Israel, of dwelling forever with God as his people.